Hello! I'm Emily, a colorful LA fine artist working in abstract mixed media (watercolor, acrylic, embroidery) and non-abstract collage. I also love doing graphic design and illustration. Aaaand I teach online and offline art workshops! If it involves color and fun I'm in.
I’m a New Yorker at heart, but so happy to live in a place where I get an art studio in my house and room to make a mess. I’ve been in love with arts and crafts since I was a little kid. One of the first things I remember making is a set of bookmarks I gave to my family for Christmas. I loved that I could give them something truly of value all by myself even on a kindergartener’s budget.
I’m happiest when working with my hands and love art that hints at the human who made it with little imperfections and variations. I let my materials have a life of their own, never getting tired of watching watercolor splash and morph into its own colorful forms. Transparency is so important in my process, rather than hide pencil lines, raw canvas or paint smudges, I highlight them as an essential part of the artwork.
A lifelong infatuation with interior design can be seen in much of my work. I have the most fun creating or representing spaces that require no budget or functionality. I'm going for a simple minimalist lifestyle and use my illustrations a way to collect the things I want without filling my house or my closet with them.
Living in a clean, simple space allows me to be completely free with color and pattern when I’m making more abstract pieces. It’s like all of my eye-candy-craving energy can go right into the artwork.
My favorite things:
Bright, fun, beautiful colors
Big clumsy puppies with giant paws
Underbaked homemade brownies (ie Ina Garten’s Brownie Pudding)
Laughing and/or making people laugh really hard
Feeling cozy: dark cold day, warm socks, big couch, hot chocolate